Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a historic wedding venue located in Charleston, South Carolina. The property, featuring centuries-old live oak trees, is recognized as the country’s oldest public gardens. It boasts bright azaleas, wisteria, hydrangea, magnolias, and camellia, all of which bloom throughout the year. Spread across an area of almost 500 acres, the venue’s event spaces illustrate the region’s quintessential Southern charm.

Facilities and Capacity

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has three separate wedding spaces, all with their own distinct flair. The Carriage House is an idyllic setting with both indoor and outdoor areas and can accommodate weddings of up to 200 guests on the lawn. During the summer months, the Plantation House Veranda is available for outdoor events. Ceremonies are performed on the Long White Bridge Lawn, while receptions of up to 250 are held on the back lawn of the Plantation House. Small events of 60 guests or less are ideal for weddings in the Conservatory. This space captivates couples and their guests with tranquil water features and lush greenery. The property also features private dressing rooms for the convenience of the happy couple.

Services Offered

This venue is an ideal choice for couples who are looking for both a beautiful and historic location. It adds a hint of Southern hospitality to each wedding held in any of its event locations. The plantation’s staff is available by private bookings to give tours of the property and help couples pick the perfect backdrop for their wedding. They are happy to refer vendors that may be chosen by the engaged couple.

History

The plantation was founded in 1676 by Thomas and Ann Drayton, whose descendants continue to operate the venue today. During the 19th century, the gardens expanded and began to resemble the modern-day property. John Grimké Drayton sought to beautify the site to help his new wife from Philadelphia feel at home in Charleston. He was the first to bring azaleas to America, and one of the first to cultivate Camellia Japonica in an outdoor garden.

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  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Cassandra Amundson · Married on 07/24/2019

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    So romantic!

    Wow. Simply stunning. I love the mansion porch area to do cocktail hour & the pond, swamp area by the iconic bridge. An amazing place to get married

    Sent on 01/25/2019
  • Tara

    Tara · Married on 04/04/2019

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    Stunning Venue!

    Absolutely stunning venue and completely organized staff from start to finish.

    Sent on 04/23/2019

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Parking
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4
  • Describe your venue: Farm/Ranch, Historic Building, Mansion
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Pet Friendly
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February

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5 Endorsements

  • MCG Photography, LLC
    MCG Photography, LLC Wedding Photographers

    Everywhere you look is a backdrop. Water, green, marsh, bridges, grand oaks! Great place for the quiet moments and big celebrations.

  • Hart to Heart Media
    Hart to Heart Media Wedding Videographers

    Magnolia Plantation is at the top of our list of places to film a wedding. We've traveled throughout the country and this property is like no other. Not only the venue but the staff has been incredible to work alongside.

  • ELM Events
    ELM Events Wedding Planners

    Magnolia Plantation is one of the most gorgeous venues in town with breathtaking, iconic views. We look forward to many events with the wonderful team this coming year!

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  • 3550 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC, 29414 See on map
    843-407-3751 (Phone number)

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